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Pitso Ground fracas:probe not complete

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Pascalinah Kabi


MASERU — Deputy Prime Minister Lesao Lehohla has told parliament police are still investigating the shooting incident that triggered violence at a Premier League match between Matlama and Lioli last season.

Lehohla was on Thursday responding to a question raised by Qeme MP Kali Seitheko on the progress made since the disturbances at Pitso Ground on January 24 this year.

Seitheko had asked if there was any “progress made to bring to book a fan who fired gunshots” during the Matlama-Lioli match.

“It has come to our attention that football matches are marred by violence,” Lehohla said.

“Pitso Ground police are still investigating this criminal offence where people were shot.”

He said the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) had submitted its report on the violence that forced the abandonment of that match.

“Our findings were supported by the Lesotho Football Association’s report on the Matlama and Lioli match played on January 24 2010,” Lehohla said.

“The report shows that seven people were injured.”

He said Lefa had banned alcohol from grounds hosting league games as well as written a letter to the police requesting security during matches.

“Lefa has since sought the security of police at all Premiership matches since the shooting erupted,” Lehohla said.

“The police have also been given match fixtures in advance so they can prepare their security (details) for the matches.

“Lefa has also issued circulars to the teams stressing the importance of banning alcohol at football pitches.”

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